Disabled Persons

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10th February 1947.

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Photo of Sir Martin Lindsay Sir Martin Lindsay , Solihull 12:00 am, 10th February 1947

asked the Minister of Labour how many ex-Servicemen in receipt of disability pensions are unemployed; and how many of these are in receipt of unemployment allowances.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I regret that statistics giving the information desired are not available. The total number of ex-Servicemen on the Disabled Persons Register who were unemployed at 20th January was 43,819.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey Rotherhithe

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is satisfied with the results achieved by the recent exhibition in Oxford Street, which showed the disabled at work.

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

Yes, Sir. The exhibition was open from 8th January to 1st February and, despite the inclement weather, was seen by 62,786 visitors, including large numbers of employers. The object of the exhibition was to bring home to the public, and particularly to employers, what is being done to re-establish disabled persons in useful employment; and I am convinced that it was successful. So much so, that I would like to take this opportunity of appealing to all employers and managements to give the disabled every chance to use their gifts, and to show that they can hold their place in industry alongside their able-bodied fellow workers.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Is not it a fact that for a long period of years the employers of this country have made every possible effort to provide work for men and women in the category to which he has just referred?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I will be fair. A great number have, but a great number have not. I must say, since the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act has been passed there has been a very genuine effort on the part of employers.

Photo of Mr Robert Mellish Mr Robert Mellish , Bermondsey Rotherhithe

Will the Minister indicate whether it is the intention to extend this exhibition to the provinces?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

We will have a look at it as soon as the better weather comes, to see if we can do anything.

Photo of Mr Victor Collins Mr Victor Collins , Taunton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that some employers are unable to secure sufficient disabled trainees; and is he satisfied that the arrangements are sufficiently satisfactory to enable employers to obtain the services of these men?

Photo of Mr George Isaacs Mr George Isaacs , Southwark North

I am totally unaware of the first part of my hon. Friend's question. If he will give me any instances of employers who have been unable to get the services of disabled workers we will take it up. As for training facilities, I am satisfied they are quite adequate.